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Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah

    1. Jonny's Blessing
    2. Stairway to Heaven
    3. Heart of Glass
    4. Delta Dawn
    5. Come Sail Away
    6. O Sole Mio
    7. Strawberry Fields Forever
    8. Auld Lang Syne
    9. Longest Time, The
    10. On My Mind
    11. Take It on the Run
    12. Superstar
    13. Hava Nagila
    14. Hava Nagila (Christmas Arrangement)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6742

  • Credits
    EngineerRyan Greene; Ryan Greene

    Me First and the Gimme Gimmes: Fat Mike, Dave Raun, Max Huber, Warren Fitzgerald , Spike Slawson.
    Audio Mixers: Ryan Greene; Adam Krammer.
    Recording information: Jonny Wixen's Bar Mitzvah, Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, CA (10/25/2003).
    Directors: Nate Weaver; Joe Escalante.
    Editors: Brian Hodge; Alex Yeung.
    Photographer: Lisa Johnson .
    On their 2004 release, RUIN JONNY'S BAR MITZVAH, punk-rock supergroup/cover band Me First & the Gimme Gimmes conspire to do just that with their trademark caffeinated versions of 13 great bar mitzvah band hits (and a blessing). For no more than the retail price of a full-length disc, you'll be hearing their sensitive tribute to weekend guitar-store heroes everywhere, "Stairway to Heaven," along with the inspirationally misplaced "Auld Lang Syne," and an unnaturally accelerated version of the Carpenters' "Superstar." But wait--there's more! You'll thrill to Swingin' Utters' bassist and Gimmes vocalist Spike Slawson's take on the bar mitzvah classic "Havah Nagila," here performed to the tune of "Feliz Navidad" (resulting in what sounds like the confusion of all concerned), and Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett's shredding of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever." You'll pogo to the band's take on Blondie's "Heart of Glass," you'll gasp at their strangely competent version of Helen Reddy's (and Tanya Tucker's) "Delta Dawn," and you'll plotz at Lagwagon drummer Dave Raun's incendiary performance on Styx's "Come Sail Away." Operators are standing by.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (p.84) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[I]nspired, brilliant - and guaranteed to usher you into manhood."
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